Discover Kirklareli and peaceful slow towns
Vize, which is the first cittaslow town of Thrace region in Turkey, attracts a great deal of attention from visitors with its history dating back to 4000 BC as well as many natural beauties.
Vize, which is a small town of Kirklareli province, is full of natural and cultural treasures, and attracts attention from local and international visitors. It was designated a slow city by the international Cittaslow network in 2012.
It took the name of Byzas, the son of Poseidon. It is located 56 km away from Kirklareli province. Approximately 40 tumuluses in the south of the town show that Vize is an old Thracian settlement. Vize is home to many historical monuments from the Thracian Kingdom and the Ottoman Empire, as well as its natural beauties. The Vize Fortress, Gazi Suleyman Pasha Mosque, Hasan Bey Mosque and Amphitheatre located in the centre of town are remarkable historical artifacts.
The world famous writer, Georgios Vizyenos said that; "There are many towns in Thrace, but not like Vize".
The ancient name is Byzia comes from the Thracian King, Byzas. In Greek mythology, the name Byzia, that means the fairy of natural resources. There are many ancient ruins in Vize that the capital of Thracian Kingdom. The Monument of Forty Martyrs is in the south of the town. Gazi Suleyman Pasha Mosque (Little Hagia Sophia), Hasan Bey Mosque, Vize Castle and Walls, Ancient Theatre, Ferhat Bey Hammam, Ferhat Bey Fountain, Karakocak Hills and Asmakayalar Cave Monastery are the other historical treasures of Vize.
Cehennem Waterfalls, Ciftekaynaklar, Kiyikoy Village and Yenesu Cave are some of the most beautiful natural beauties in the town.
Vize is exactly a haven of peace that smells like linden. When you visit here do not forget to taste healthy local foods, organic products and traditional cuisine.
Kiyikoy was founded by the Persians in 500 BC and is an important tourism centre of Kirklareli with its caves, beach, fortress and the Agios Nikolaos Monastery.